Raiders game plan vs. New Orleans

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 8:35 am

A look at today's Raiders game vs. New Orleans; including, game information, match up to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.

RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints • Time: 1:05 p.m.

Line: Saints by 4 1/2

Records: Raiders 3-6, Saints 4-5

TV/radio: FOX40 (Dick Stockton, John Lynch), 1140

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham vs. the Raiders' secondary

Gashed by Baltimore's tight ends in the first half of their 55-20 meltdown last Sunday, the Raiders today draw the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Graham. At 6 foot 7, Graham, who is tied for the Saints' lead with seven touchdowns, is a tough matchup even for a secondary at full strength, which the Raiders' is not. The Raiders can't focus too much on receivers Marques Colston and Lance Moore out wide to the point of forgetting about Graham up the middle. Saints quarterback Drew Brees will find Graham, as he did 99 times last season for 1,310 yards.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson nursing high ankle sprains and the Raiders showing no faith in Taiwan Jones, any ground game apparently will start with fullback Marcel Reece. Reece carried 13 times for 48 yards last week.

• This one has the makings of a shootout. Drew Brees and Carson Palmer rank first and third in the NFL in passing yards, while the Raiders and Saints rank 24th and 31st in pass defense.

• The Raiders need to shore up their special teams a week after allowing two touchdowns to the Ravens on a fake field goal and a 105-yard kickoff return.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

Out: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring)

Questionable: S Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring)

Probable: T Khalif Barnes (groin), S Matt Giordano (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), TE Brandon Myers (concussion), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring).

SAINTS

Out: T Zach Strief (groin), DE Junior Galette (ankle), CB Corey White (knee)

Questionable: RB Darren Sproles (hand)

Probable: WR Courtney Roby (shoulder)

– Bee sports staff

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